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By Peter Calcara

PICPA Vice President - Government Relations

  • Inside the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

    On Oct. 24, the PICPA will meet with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and broadcast it live. Hear what you can expect out of the presentation from Jeff Spengler, CPA, chair of PICPA's State Taxation Committee.
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  • Ready or Not, Pennsylvania Tax Reform Debate Is Coming

    Most CPAs' eyes have understandably been on the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, so it may come as a surprise to many PICPA members that Pennsylvania tax reform efforts are under way in Harrisburg.
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  • Summer Pause a Prelude to Fall PICPA Advocacy Fights

    While the pace of legislative activity may have slowed in Pennsylvania this summer, the PICPA government relations team continues to plow ahead on a couple critical issues that we want to get on the General Assembly’s fall calendar.
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  • The Key to Easy State Budgets, and What Wayfair Means to Pa.

    On June 22, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law the fiscal year 2018-2019 state budget—more than a week before the end of the fiscal year. With little of the political acrimony that typically mars the budget negotiation process, this budget relatively breezed to completion. How the heck did that happen?
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  • The CPAs’ Voice Is Always Loudest at PICPA’s Day on the Hill

    PICPA’s Day on the Hill is a unique opportunity for our members to bring their specialized training and problem-solving skills to Harrisburg. The ultimate goal is to position PICPA members as a resource to state lawmakers and regulators, to build relationships with decisionmakers, and to garner support for our legislative priorities.
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  • Pa. Local Income Tax Fix: Second Time Is a Charm

    Pennsylvania Act 18 marks the culmination of a four-year effort by Rep. George Dunbar, CPA (Inactive) and the PICPA to address the potential for double taxation on local earned income.
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  • Are You Ready to Vote in the Pennsylvania Primary Election?

    To help its members prepare for the Pennsylvania primary elections, PICPA's government relations team has prepared an election guide that includes information on the gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congressional, and Pennsylvania Senate and House races.
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  • Springing into the Pennsylvania Budget Season

    The Pennsylvania budget is one of several issues that state lawmakers are working on, but it is the one that can easily suck the air out of the capitol and bring all other legislative plans to a grinding halt. Here is an update on some of the issues the PICPA and its government relations team in Harrisburg are working on.
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  • An Update on the Pennsylvania Budget and New 1099 Rules

    It's that time of year again: budget season. The budget, though, is not the only big issue for the PICPA right now. There are also new 1099-MISC rules that businesses and CPAs have been wrestling with.
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  • Revised Financial Reporting Requirements for Charitable Organizations Now Law

    Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed into law Acts 71 and 72, much needed changes to the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act that have been championed by the PICPA.
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  • Expungement May Soon Be Available for Pa. Licensees

    If you have a minor disciplinary note on your CPA license record, you may be able to expunge that infraction in the very near future.
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  • Big Tax Issue Awaits State Lawmakers

    On Dec. 22, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued Corporation Tax Bulletin 2017-02 concerning the disallowance and recovery of 100 percent depreciation under the Internal Revenue Code, a measure related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. With the latest bulletin, the DOR changed its policy regarding 100 percent bonus depreciation.
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  • PICPA Advocacy Year in Review

    As we begin 2018, it’s worth looking back on PICPA’s advocacy efforts in 2017. We made many strides in shaping public policy in Pennsylvania in 2017, and we are looking forward to building upon our success.
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  • State Budget Blues

    We are more than 80 days into the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and Pennsylvania still does not have a complete budget. Probably what is most surprising is how we got here.
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  • Pennsylvania Pension Reform, Budget, and More

    June has been busy for Pennsylvania legislators. Major pension reform legislation was passed by 183 bipartisan members of the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. In addition, Pennsylvania's 2017-2018 budget deadline looms, and negotiations are heating up.
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  • PICPA Joins New Legal Reform Group

    Earlier this year, a diverse group of individuals and organizations, including the PICPA, created a new civil-justice-focused advocacy organization: The Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform.
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  • Pa. Budget Hearings Complete: What Did We Learn?

    The appropriations committees of the Pennsylvania House and Senate hold state budget hearings to provide lawmakers and the public with some sense of how taxpayer dollars will be spent. After three long weeks of hearings that concluded last week, what did we learn about Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017?
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  • Pennsylvania 2017-2018 Budget Battle Begins

    Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his fiscal year 2017-2018 state budget proposal to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Wolf’s presentation was notable for its brevity, its conciliatory nature, and its themes of no taxes and cutting spending.
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  • The Show Must Go On: A Preview of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

    On Jan. 3, 2017, the 201st session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly got under way, beginning what we fully expect to be a challenging and contentious 2017-2018 legislative session.
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  • PICPA Continues Efforts to Ease Burden of DOL Overtime Rule

    The PICPA is working at both the federal and state levels to soften the blow of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule that will take effect later this year. Find out where we are working for you.
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